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Alan Moore: Childhood Imagination versus Industrial Reality [Jun. 11th, 2013|08:54 am]
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"I was not discouraged in the use of my imagination as a child. I had a pretty rich fantasy life. In every school that I’ve been in there have been, without exception, three or four other people who were better than me at writing, better than me at drawing and all these other skills, who are now working in shoe factories, who are working down mines, and who are completely buried in industrial reality and will never ever ever see the light of day."

Alan Moore (1987)

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Colette on the Difference Between a Writer and an Author [May. 28th, 2013|01:52 pm]
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"Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his [or her] own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

Collette

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Stanislavski Quote: Work, Cultivate, Develop Systematically, and Never Despair or Relinquish Love [May. 25th, 2013|06:23 pm]
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I guess this Stanislavski quote explains how, at its best, method acting can strike me as so self-reflexive but also manages to look outward and seem in-the-moment: thoughtful but present and awake.

But I can also say that this quote speaks to me in terms of priorities and trying to be present in other senses and settings. Sometimes, I feel like the best I can do in a given situation is to plot the best route toward future events that I desire. You know, figure out what I "wilt" and then try to make it happen. There's that Zen Buddhist idea of complete commitment coupled with complete detachment, but I suck at trying that, at least lately.

"An actor must work all her life, cultivate her mind, train her talents systematically, develop her character; she may never despair and never relinquish this main purpose: to love her art with all her strength and love it unselfishly." Constantin Stanislavski

[Gender pronouns switched from the original quote because I had a certain female actor at a time of transition in mind when I posted this.]

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...and in its winding find content? (Alan Moore quote) [May. 25th, 2013|08:27 am]
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"Is this, then, what it is to be a God? To know, and never do? To watch the world wind by, and in its winding find content?

If I should feed the world, heal all the wounds man's smoldering industries have made, what would he do? Would he renounce the wealth his sawmills bring, step gently on the flowers instead, and pluck each apple with respect for this abundant world in all its providence?

No.

He would pump more poisons, build more mines, safe in the knowledge that I stood on hand to mend the biosphere, endlessly covering the scars he could now endlessly inflict.

Somewhere the Parliament stand rooted, inert and omnipotent, while tiny spiders drape their ribs in silk.

After this night of reverie, at last I comprehend their stance."

Alan Moore, Swamp Thing #64, p. 17.

[Parliament of Trees: the previous incarnations of Swamp Things]

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(no subject) [May. 23rd, 2013|01:08 pm]
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greygirlbeast brought up slang today and my comment ran long, so I figured I'd put it here:

An odd thing. I was complaining to Spooky about baffling online slang, and that led to a general discussion of slang as a phenomenon associated more with subcultures than with linguistic evolution, and to a discussion of slang that attended various times and scenes and geographical regions (the Jazz Age, hippies in the sixties, Cockney rhyming slang, surfer slang, etc.), and that led to a rather peculiar realization: As a child and teenager, I used very little – virtually none – of the slang that would be associated with the seventies and early eighties. Almost none. I began trying to list words. I came up with "cool" and "man" (before the ubiquitous "dude") and one two more. I used a tiny bit of older slang I got from my mother – "neat," for example. Hell, "cool" and "man" weren't truly of my generation. It's all became very confusing. Sure, I used Southern Appalachian/Alabama euphemisms, but there was very little that followed from pop culture. I'm still racking my brain over this. I didn't even truly discover profanity – another facet of slang – until I was in my mid teens (which might seem odd, what with me now being such a connoisseur of dirty words and all).

But, this was long before the internet. I posit that the internet has forever changed the evolution, propagation, and longevity of slang. It's an interesting problem.

And here's the comment: Linguists tend to think that we use the words that are most effective in communicating to the people we care about most. So teenagers--detaching from their parents and bonding with each other/finding themselves, even if only temporarily--will always try to conjure new codes. But I think that being enough of an outsider from teenage culture would make one less engaged in that phenomenon. For me, goth culture and drug culture (or counterculture) led to my embracing a lot of slang and I bet I tried to "seem cool" in high school, but I'm well-aware that I failed mightily. I guess we used to sit around and all do Billy Burroughs impressions in college too, now that I think about it. That almost counts.

But there has been a flattening of slang due to the rise of the Internet (which I have been capitalizing again lately, like Big Brother). Now, the latest prefab pop confection can have her personal assistant tweet something that makes no sense and teenagers around the world will use it for a week or two to see if it's "cool" or whatever. But the net result seems to be so much less meaningful communication that my prediction would be that American vocabularies are shrinking...

Yet again, I think of Peter Lamborn Wilson telling me, early on, that the "Internet is infinitely wide but only a micron deep"...

I didn't believe him at all. My loss.

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(no subject) [May. 17th, 2013|01:53 pm]
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“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.” Roman Payne

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two interesting bits on writing [Feb. 13th, 2013|12:01 pm]
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Hilary Mantel's rules for writers.

Stephen Graham Jones' This is Not a Checklist: How to Write a Story.

Jones doesn't mention the need for an accountant even once and Mantel begins and ends with it. Hmm...
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I will mumble in the corner [Jan. 29th, 2013|11:55 am]
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It seems like not really saying anything to just post two random links--but such is the beginning of some conversations.

Helene Cixous, Algeria-born French intellectual, novelist, playwright, memoirist and prose poet delivering a personal account of her work, writing, the process of writing, the conditions of creativity, endurance, a marathon of creation, a journey you cant leave. New York State Writers Institute. State University of New York. April 24, 2007 She uses lots of different sizes and types of paper and writes by hand.

Tiny Buddha: 7 Powerful Realizations That Will Help You Suffer Less: I can't remember who linked to this on FB (and FB cannot seem to invent a search that will let me check), and it's better skimmed than read, but it seemed to capture something that I meant to forward to someone who was struggling but then didn't, so I'm parking these tiny Buddhist realizations here.

So much left unsaid. Ideally, I will post a list of what I've read this month and post more shortcuts...soonish.

Uncluttering,
ghg
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Cameron Diaz on Cormac McCarthy [Dec. 27th, 2012|12:08 pm]
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"Only through Cormac McCarthy's staggering words can you truly understand the importance of knowing the savageness that man is capable of."

Cameron Diaz
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See you 2013 [Dec. 19th, 2012|12:53 pm]
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Things are likely to stay dark here until thirteen to nineteen days pass, but mostly because next year is likely to be more interesting (and functional) than this one.

(And since almost everything is f-locked, this will just float forever.)

Everlasting insignificance.

Yay!
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